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Q&A: MOMFinds.com Editor & SHEfinds.com Editorial Director, Jeanine Edwards

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Welcome to the eleventh installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. MOMfinds.com editor and SHEfinds.com editorial director, Jeanine Edwards, shares with us her favorite holiday style interests and tips for finding trendy must-haves this season. Let’s see what’s on Jeanine’s wish list!

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What are some of your favorite holiday products/trends for moms and/or children this season?

Elf on the Shelf is obviously a classic and there are so many great Elf products aside from doll and the book. We’re also really excited about the Annie movie, which is coming out this holiday season. The top toy lists that many major retailers do is also fun for my daughter and me. She gets to mark off the items she really wants and I get to get a head start on holiday shopping. And because we love fashion, picking out our outfits for holiday parties and the holiday card photo is also lots of fun and an excuse to wear something sparkly.

What items are on your holiday wish list? What is a must-have this holiday season?

I really want the new iPhone 6 and a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. Other must-haves of the season include the NARS & Urban Decay Vault sets, anything from the Alexander Wang x H&M and TOMS for Target collections and the new waterproof UGGs.

What are your readers interested in and shopping for this holiday season?

Our readers are already in gifting mode. Between all the wearable tech and the new Apple launches, tech is going to be huge this holiday. There are also a bunch of exciting beauty sets and launches from NARS, Urban Decay, Gucci and Christian Louboutin we expect to sell out and items from the collaborations mentioned above will definitely be hot commodities.

What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers to find the best picks?

I find myself starting earlier and earlier. I actually already have a bunch of gifts for my daughter stockpiled because I didn’t want the run the risk of them being sold out. My advice is always to shop early and act fast–if you see something you want for yourself or someone on your gift list, pull the trigger and buy it now. Worst case, you’ll find it on sale later in the season and you can return the more expensive one. I would also encourage shoppers to take advantage of price matching and free shipping deals which will be extremely prevalent this holiday season. I would also say check sites like SHEfinds.com and other lifestyle sites that are compiling gift guides–we’ve seen the best of the best from tons of different retailers so you can rest assured we’ve truly done the dirty work for you.

What is one item in your home you couldn’t live without this holiday season?

My slow cooker! The holiday season is all about soups and stews for me, so I’ll be using it a lot!

Where do you get your inspiration?

I’m very fortunate to work on the Internet which has endless sources for inspiration: blogs, Instagram, photographers, interior designers, Pinterest – the options are truly never-ending. 

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Connect with MOMfinds Editor and SHEfinds Editorial director, Jeanine Edwards: MOMFinds and SHEfinds on Twitter, Facebook, and on Instagram @shefinds.

Q&A: Parenting.com Editor, Carrie Horn

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Welcome to the tenth installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. Parenting.com editor, Carrie Horn, shares with us her favorite gift ideas for parents and her personal shopping tips for staying on track. 

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What are some of your favorite holiday and lifestyle trends?

I was excited to read that one of the 2014 holiday season trends will be to give experiences rather than material things. And millennials are leading the pack with experiences over gifts, especially with spontaneous get-togethers. We are running a story in mid-November that will list suggestions of how to give your kids experiences instead of stuff without disappointing them.

What items are on your holiday wish list?

I’d rather follow this year’s trend of doing something fun with my family than getting a gift, but if I had to pick something, I’d say BBC movies and series on DVD, like the new “Sherlock.” I’m a bit of an Anglophile.

What are Parenting.com readers interested in this holiday season?

Crafts are always a huge hit during the holiday season. Our “Easy Christmas Crafts and Activities for Kids” and “18 Easy Christmas Crafts, Ornaments and Gifts” get a lot of traffic the last three months of the year.

What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers?

I like to brainstorm and write down what I think everyone on my list would like before I head to the store. That way, when I get to the store, I can stay on task better and get less distracted by shiny objects (literally). This also helps with sticking to a budget, which is my biggest tip for readers. Don’t get too crazy during December and ruin your new year trying to pay it off.

Do you have any favorite family/parenting gift ideas for readers?

With the economy slowly on the mend, we’ll be releasing our holiday gift guides in November divided into three categories: 1) Luxury Holiday Gifts for Mom and Dad (to give to each other); 2) Holiday Gifts $50 or Less for the Whole Family; 3) Holiday Gifts $25 or Less for the Whole Family. Since I love giving useful stocking stuffers, I’ll be checking out the $25 or less list.

What is one item in your house you couldn’t live without this holiday season?

I have to say my phone, since I’ll be keeping my shopping list in it instead of on paper this year.

Where do you get your inspiration?

My daughter. I love being her mom. She is so smart, spunky and big-hearted. I hope to grow up to be like her one day.

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 Carrie Horn is an editor for Parenting.com. Carrie holds a B.A. in print journalism. She previously worked on a few newspapers and for a book publisher before venturing into digital media. When she and her husband decided to have children she became a junkie for all the parenting sites – when the job opening for Parenting was posted, she jumped at the chance. Now that her daughter is in the middle of potty training she’s reading all of the potty training tips like crazy. You can read all things Parenting on Parenting.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Q&A: Android Central’s Editor in Chief, Phil Nickinson

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Welcome to the seventh installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. Android Central’s editor in chief, Phil Nickinson, shares with us his holiday must-haves and this season’s hottest holiday tech and Android trends.

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What are some of your favorite holiday tech trends/items this season?

Wearables certainly are all the rage this year. The trick is finding a good one. Android Wear is geeky and fun and actually pretty usable, but it’s still in the early stages, so folks need to think hard about investing their money there. Apple Watch won’t be ready by this holiday season, so cross that off your lists.

Connected home devices continue to improve and gain in popularity. Products like Nest and Dropcam are starting to build out Google’s portfolio, and Sonos remains an excellent investment — and make no mistake, that’s what it is, an investment.

What items are on your holiday wish list?

I can always stash another Sonos speaker somewhere. It becomes a bit of an addiction, because they’re so easy to use. (There also are some great alternatives out there from Bose and Libratone and others, but Sonos is what I got into.)

What are Android Central readers interested in this holiday season?

Everyone is still curious about the Android Wear watches. We’ve got three on sale as of October, with three more on the way – and those are just the ones we know about.

And seeing as our readers tend to fall on the nerdy-obsessive side (and I’m one of those, too), the new Nexus phone and tablet have piqued everyone’s interest. And there’s the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, as well.

What Android devices or accessories should readers be on the lookout for this holiday season?

The holiday lineup is just about set, with Samsung’s Note 4 going on sale shortly, and the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 waiting in the wings. (We’ll have to see where they’re priced, though.)

It’s definitely worth looking into proper media streaming for the living room if you haven’t done so already. The $35 Chromecast remains an excellent purchase; same for Apple TV at $99, though it’s long overdue for some sort of refresh.

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Phil has served as editor-in-chief of Android Central since 2009. In a previous life he spent more than a decade in the newsroom of a two-time Pulitzer finalist newspaper in his hometown of Pensacola, Fla. In his current life, he’s got the greatest job in the world, a gorgeous wife and two beautiful daughters. You can find him on Google+Twitter and Instagram.

Pre-Labor Day Fashion

“Don’t you know you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day?”

-Prisoner #2, “Dukes of Hazzard” (2005)

With Labor Day around the corner, now is your last chance to show off your best white ensembles. Get inspired with Refinery 29’s all-white fashion ideas below:

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 –       Shirt Dress: If you want a more professional appearance, go with a white shirtdress. A tailored piece will give you a clean, crisp appearance—plus it can be worn after work or on weekends when paired with flats or sneakers.

–       Simple: Wearing white doesn’t need to be complex. Keep it simple with a classic crewneck top paired with fitted trousers, shorts or a skirt and some white brogues.

–       Accent Color: Balance your sleek white look with an accent color. Look for a piece with design details that incorporate another shade—as long as it doesn’t overwhelm the white.

–       Layer: Layer various shades of white for a more interesting monochrome appearance. To pull off this look, focus on only a slight variation of shades. Try mixing a white dress with an off-white jacket.

Funky, Clunky, Cool: 5 Lug-Soled Sandals for Any Budget

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Photo Credit: Alex Gambardella

Sure, there’s something to be said about a delicate strappy sandal (it is wedding season after all), but for the summer ahead, it’s all about the bold soles! This season in particular, our favorite brands are taking the clunky look a step further with a selection of lug-soled sandals to help you look not only on-trend, but ready to take on the world to boot! Okay, so maybe no one in their right mind would actually try to go hiking in one of these summer-ready pairs, but looking the part is what’s really important…. right? From flatforms to slingbacks, slip-ons, and beyond, these chic-meets-sporty sandals are perfect for the girl looking to add a little roughed-up edge to her girly sundresses. And the fact that you can actually walk in them certainly doesn’t hurt either! Check out some of my favorites in the links below.

Pictured above: 3.1 Phillip Lim Cosmic Zip Up Sandals, Madewell The Clemente Sandal in Snakeskin, Jeffrey Campbell Menorca Platform Sandal, Opening Ceremony Grunge Metallic Leather Fisherman Sandals, and Charlotte Russe Floral Print Slingback Slide Sandals.

Sneak Peek: Zooey Deschanel’s Preppy-Chic Capsule Collection for Tommy Hilfiger!

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In what seems like a match made in fashion heaven, American prep brand Tommy Hilfiger has enlisted the help of TV’s most “adorkable” leading lady for its next venture! New Girl star Zooey Deschanel is lending her retro-cute style to a new capsule collection of 16 dresses, titled “To Tommy, From Zooey” (adorbz, right?). The 60s-inspired collection features a bevy of sophisiticated-yet-casual dresses, all in a classic Americana color palette. The best part? The frocks are reasonably-priced, ranging from $99 to $199, which certainly beats the required budget for copping one of Deschanel’s real-life red carpet looks. If you’re digging these Jess-like sheaths as much as we are, make sure to look out for the launch of the first 14 dresses at Macy’s starting April 14, and then all 16 pieces at Tommy.com starting the following week.
Are you a fan of Zooey Deschanel’s capsule collection? Or should she stick to comedy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Rag & Bone’s Miramar Style Proves That Pajama Jeans Might Not Be the Worst Idea Ever

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I know it’s hard to resist the involuntarily cringe, but Rag & Bone’s latest must-have style is basically every lazy girls’ dream. Some especially skeptical fashionistas only just recently got around to stomaching the idea of a “jegging” (in fact, some of you still haven’t) so I don’t blame you for finding the idea of a “pajama jean” totally revolting. But honestly, what’s not to like? The Miramar style boasts the comfort of easy-going sweats with the appearance of stylish, destroyed-wash denim for the ultimate undercover comfy vibe. Dress them up with a crop top and buckled booties, or embrace their casual feel with some slip-on flats and a half-tucked tank. They’re perfect for the days when you roll out of bed and can’t bear the idea of composing a “real” outfit (don’t lie, we’ve all been there) but don’t want to look like a total slob; yet they can also be elevated with the right accessories for an effortlessly cool night out on the town.
What do you think of Rag & Bone’s Miramar jeans? Let us know in the comments!

These Floral Faux Leather Jackets Will Unleash Your Inner Biker Babe

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By now, you’ve likely stocked up on more than your share of moto jackets in various shades and styles. After all, they’re the easiest way to inject an instant dose of style to almost any look with minimal effort, whether you’re rocking a maxi dress or a casual jean-and-tee combo. Last spring, colorful takes on the faux leather moto had a major moment — from cheery pastels to flattering jewel tones — and this time around, it seems to be all about the florals! Nothing says spring like a good feminine floral print, and I love the way the bad-ass biker babe vibe contrasts with the traditionally feminine print to put a fresh spin on the tried-and-true trend. It’s the perfect example of hard and soft, and naughty meets nice. Check out some of my favorites in the links below!

From left to right: Bebe Printed Moto Jacket, BLANKNYC Floral Faux Leather Jacket, and Forever 21 Romantic Rose Moto Jacket.

Flannel Love: 5 Key Pieces to Keep You Warm the Rest of Winter!

  • posted February 28th, 2014
  • Fashion

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Flannel: it’s not only for lumberjacks. In fact, in recent years, the warm woven fabric has become a staple of casual-cool style. And this winter, it’s cropping up on more than your classic button-down shirt – flannel has been sneaking its way onto bags, jackets, pants and even shoes – making it easier than ever to stay warm while still maintaining that laid-back, comfy-meets-cool balance that’s essential for surviving winter in style. And it doesn’t stop at your traditional tartan or plaid – flannel goes flirty and floral and even moto-inspired with leather details and unexpected prints that upgrade the look for 2014. Check out some of my favorite cozy flannel pieces in the links below!

Pictured above: Shellys London Vikova Oxford Flats, Sea Baby Flannel Moto Jacket, UNIQLO Flannel Floral Print Long Sleeve Shirt, Vi Vi Vee Across-Body Bag, and Boy. by Band of Outsiders Flannel High Waisted Pants.

Leith Clark and Warby Parker Collaborate on Some Fancy Frames!

  • posted January 24th, 2014
  • Fashion

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“Four-eyed” fashionistas go nuts for Warby Parker’s budget-friendly “Try Before You Buy” model (if only all online shopping was that easy!), and now the eyewear brand is upgrading its style with a little help from a fashionable friend! Leith Clark, famed fashion editor and stylist to the stars, is lending her retro-modern style to a sweet capsule collection for Warby Parker. Taking inspiration from the sexy ’60s librarian look, the quirky collection includes five different frames that are available in both optical and sunwear versions. Think vintage-inspired circle frames and classic cat-eye styles galore, as well as fun and feminine prints that are perfect for making a serious eyewear statement. Plus, in true Warby Parker fashion, each pair sold means another pair donated to someone in need. Part naughty, part nice, and 100% stylish – you don’t want to miss out on the Leith x Warby Parker collection before it gets sold out!

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